Saturday, September 3, 2011

Riverine Clubtail

In Minnesota, the Riverine Clubtail is probably widespread but uncommon. This dragonfly is usually encountered perched in vegetation along streams and rivers. The clubtail's weight often bends their leafy perches downward, leaving the clubtail hanging vertically. From these perches, Riverine Clubtails hunt over rivers. Although said not to be as wary as other hanging clubtails (Mead), this individual only allowed this single photograph.  Erika and I discovered this dragonfly in ideal habitat on 9 August 2011 in Goodhue County along the Cannon River. The species is found across much of the eastern United States. 

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